Sunday, October 30, 2022

Green Witch ATC

      After doing Halloween cards all month, I got inspired to do an ATC.  I went a little bit fancy on the to of it instead of just the normal straight edge but nobody has accused me of being "normal," at least not lately.  :-D

     The green witch has been colored with ProMarkers and gel pens.  The sentiment was printed and then cut with an Avery Elle die.  No embellishments; I wanted that evil witch to be the focus.

This is also my Day 30 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Quoth the Raven ...

      We're getting close to the end of the 31 Days of Halloween over at LeighSBDesigns; just today, tomorrow, and then the big day itself on Monday!  My card today features another digital coloring page, sized for an A2 card.

     The image is printed in grayscale, then colored with watercolors, ProMarkers, and gel pens for highlights. I cut the image with a Tonic Studios die.  The black, purple and orange papers for the background are all CS scraps from the basket of leftovers.  I added one of my signature, hand-sewn bows with a pearl as the only embellishment.

There's a Stamp ...

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 28, 2022

Graveyard Cats

      Another post for the Cat Lovers Blog Hop and for the Crazy for Cats challenge.  Both are running this week but the Crazy for Cats challenge will run through the entire month of November so come play along.

     My DT card today features fabulous hologram papers and dies from our sponsor, Lawn Fawn.  You can find them here: LAWN FAWN Hologram dp LAWN FAWN dies "Lg Stitched Squares."  The sentiment is mine and it was fussy cut.

This is also my Day 28 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.


     Come play along with us, won't you?  And join in the Cat Lovers Hop, too!  Just make something which features a cat.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Cowboy Jack-o-Lantern

      I've done another Halloween card for today, this time using a cute QKR Stampede image called "Cowboy Pumpkin."  The "Happy Halloweensentiment is also from QKR.  I colored with ProMarkers, and fussy cut the jack-o-lantern with scissors.  The silhouettes in the background were cut with dies from Memory Box & Die-Versions.  

     I wanted to add some texture to the card so I chose burlap cloth for the background.  Everything was mounted onto a Kraft card base.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Cat in the Window

      I've been going through my boxes of dies again and this one popped out at me.  It's been a long time since I used it and I thought it would make a good autumn card, but with non-traditional colors.  The Cat in the Window die is an Unbranded die and the cloud was cut with a Memory Box die.

     The card base was dry embossed with an EF from Darice.  The "ribbon" along the left side is actually washi tape but the signature, hand-sewn bow was sewn using satin ribbon and I added a pearl.

Today is the third day of the six day Cat Lovers Hop 2022.


     If you're signed up for the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop but haven't started playing yet, you can still enter up to 5 cat themed projects before 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, Saturday, October 29.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Night of the Witch

      Today I'm featuring two images from my beloved Bugaboo Stamps.  I was so disappointed when they closed their doors but at least I can still use their wonderful stamps.  I had both this darling witch image and the image of a cat under the moon so I thought they would be wonderfully cute if merged together.   

      I colored the images with ProMarkers and added highlights with a gel pen.  I cut the image and the frame layers with QuicKutz dies.  The card front was dry embossed with a "Branches" Sizzix EF.  I hand tied a triple-loop bow from stitched ribbon, then printed, matted, and fussy cut the sentiment.

This is also my Day 26 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.


     Halloween is only a few days away now so get your cards finished quickly!  Then we can all focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas for the rest of the year.  Oh, my, where did this year go?!  It can't be almost over, can it?   
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Autumn Cat

      I'm excited to announce that I have joined the DT at the Crazy for Cats Challenges!  Our first challenge launches today even though it is technically our November challenge.  From now on, the monthly challenges will start on the First Friday of each month.

     But starting today means that we cat lovers on the DT can post our inspiration projects on the Cat Lovers Hop 2022, a fun hop I've played in for a good number of years now.  :-D  

Today is the second day of the six day Cat Lovers Hop 2022.

     For our own challenge, our sponsor is Lawn Fawn and for my card I used Lawn Fawn metallic hologram paper and the image was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die.

      I colored with ProMarkers and water color paints.  The image piece was framed with orange CS after I used a ProMarker to ink the edges.  The leafy ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the sentiment leaf is a chipboard piece from Recollections which has been in my collection of embellishments for at least 6 years.


     Come play in our new challenge!  We feature felines, of course, and all the rules are on the new blog.  Think about joining in the Cat Lovers Hop, too.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


      This is my first post for today (be sure to check back in a few hours) and my card today uses all die cuts and all of those cut from scraps of this and that.  I used dies from a Cheery Lynn set for the cats and the sentiment.  The moon and bats were done with a Die-Versions die set.  I mounted everything onto a purple card front, thereby using mostly Halloween colors.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Cat Gratitude

      Today is the first day of the six day Cat Lovers Hop 2022.

     I've played in the hop every year since 2016, and may even have played the year it started (2015) but I can't confirm that, so I only claim 6 years of playing.   The card I made is a Thanksgiving card and we all know how grateful cats can be when they can get a high view from a tree branch.  :-D

     My card today is all die cuts and all scraps, but for the plaid dp from Taylor Made.  There's dry embossing on the orange CS.  I used my "Linen" EF but this time, I turned the CS scrap on the diagonal so that it has a cross-hatch look.  The tree was done using a die from Die-Versions and I cut black, brown, gold, tan, and eggshell scraps to get all the different leaf colors, plus the cat and tree trunk.  It took a lot of time to make all the cuts and individually place all the pieces but it was worth it in the end.

I based this on the sketch from The Outlawz, turned sideways
& using the leaves, trunk, & cat's tail as the shapes
 along the sides of the middle panel.

Inspiration Station (harvest colors)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Kitty Spells

      I have 2 posts today and this is the first of them.  All this week I'll be doing posts for the 31 Days of Halloween at LeighSBDesigns (which I've been playing each day in the month of October) and for the Cat Lovers Hop 2022.  Check the post above this one to see the Cat Lovers card, although this card would have worked for that challenge too. 

     The image is from Colour of Love and I colored it with water color paints, highlighted with gel pens and a gold paint pen.  I cut the image with a Tonic Studios die.  The sentiment is fussy cut and the background was made by piecing together scraps of paper from the basket.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Witches' Brooms

      Today's Halloween card makes the sentiment the focal point.  I love the way this laid out.  It was done on orange paper and I received it through my crafts exchange group, where we all mail images or die cuts to everyone, then email everyone a photo of our finished creation.  The group exchanged a dozen images/cuts for October and most of those were Halloween related with a few fall/harvest images. 

     I made the purple background with water color paints.  I did an ombre with purple paint, let it dry, then spattered it with water.  I used extremely narrow, black, satin ribbon (from my stash) to wrap the card front and added one of my hand-sewn, signature bows with a pearl.  Quick, easy, and more or less CAS.

This is also my Day 23 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

Your Scrapbook Place

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Vintage Pumpkin Witch

      I've used 3 other vintage Halloween images this month but those were all from Lilli Rin and this one is from Taylor Made.  I've already entered the Taylormadecards4u challenge this month but I still wanted to share this card.  

     The image is pre-colored and I cut it to size with my Fiskars paper cutter.  The polka dot ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the small pumpkin is fabric.  Pretty CAS design on this card.

This is also my Day 22 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

Double Trouble (circles + Halloween)
Inspiration Station (large pumpkin)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 21, 2022

Something Wicked

      It's Day 21 in the month long Halloween challenge at LeighSBDesigns and so far I've managed to play each day.

This is also my Day 21 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

     I started with an svg from Silhouette Store on white CS.  I cut it with a QuicKutz die and mounted it onto periwinkle CS, also cut with a QuicKutz die.  I used purple CS for the card front (my favorite color in any season!)  Once everything was layered together, I added a sheer bow with pearl and a row of purple gemstones for embellishment.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Vintage Sisters

      One last reminder about our This is Halloween October challenge and you still have until the end of the month to add your Halloween or Gothic entry (in the comments section this month.)  We are sponsored by the delightful vintage designs at Lilli Rain.  This is the third image I have used from the "Cute Vintage Halloween Collage Set 2."

     This image is pre-colored and I cut it with a QuicKutz die, then inked the edges with an ink pad.  I layered textured, burlap lace onto a lain card front, then added the image piece.  I added one of my signature, hand-sewn bows (plain this time, no pearl or gem) which was dyed black using a ProMarker.

This is also my Day 20 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Broom and Caldron

      The image I used today is another one of those which was exchanged in my group of crafters and I think it was done with a stencil but it may have been a silhouette rubber stamp.  I thought it was fun and fabulous so I did a bit of coloring with ProMarkers, then used gold paint pen on the witch's hat and sparkle gel pen on the cauldron handle and rim.

     The image was cut with a Sue Wilson die and the sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The background paper is from Taylor Made.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Fly a Broom

      When I saw the expression on this young witch's face, I exploded in laughter!  She's so clearly annoyed about something or by someone, I knew for sure she was thinking unfriendly thoughts.  Hence, the sentiment.  :-D

     I colored her with ProMarkers and water colors, then cut the image with a QuicKutz die.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The background paper is from a DCWV stack and is both embossed and sparkly.  The bow is one of my hand-sewn, signature bows, this time with a white pearl.

This is also my Day 18 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.


     Have a better day than she seems to be having.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 17, 2022

Puppet Master

      Doesn't this wicked Puppet Master just creep you out?   He's from LeighSBDesigns and I decided he'd make a perfect, spooky, Halloween card.

     I colored the image with a combination of ProMarkers and water color paints, then cut it with a Tonic Studios die.  The background dp is from a very old DCWV stack.  No embellishments, nothing to take the focus away from the image; just a very CAS, masculine card.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Too Tuckered for Treats

      Remember those early days when the very youngest Trick or Treaters were completely worn out after trekking their way to maybe 5 houses?  This card is a salute to all those intrepid little toddlers who were brave enough to give it a try and who then slept through the night as though they craved sleep more than the sweetest of treats!

     The image was reduced in size from a digital coloring book page, printed in grayscale (along with the sentiment), and colored with ProMarkers.  I used an Unbranded die to cut the image.  The background dp was a scrap from a Memory Makers stack.  I used sparkle ribbon and the bow was hand-tied using satin ribbon.

This is also my Day 16 entry for the
 LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.


     I hope your weekend has gone well and that you managed to find some relaxing time just for yourself.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie